Masquerade Ball Fundraiser Against Domestic Violence: Supporting an Economic Empowerment Program

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VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE HIDE BEHIND A MASK PORTRAYING TO THE WORLD THAT EVERYTHING IS PERFECT IN THEIR LIVES & RELATIONSHIPS.                  

LET’S EMPOWER THEM TO REMOVE THEIR MASKS… AND REVEAL THE TRUE SURVIVORS  THEY CAN BE…FREE FROM THEIR ABUSIVE PARTNER!!!

MASQUERADE BALL FUNDRAISER

AGAINST

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 MARCH 15, 2013 @ THE COLISEUM NIGHT CLUB

8:00-Midnight

16 South Broadway White Plains, NY 10601

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ALL PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT AN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM SERVING THE PARTICIPANTS FROM A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESEARCH PROJECT (SUMMER 2012).

THE LEAD ADVOCACY RESEARCHER WAS DR. VAZQUEZ AND THE WORK WAS SUPPORTED BY SENATOR AMABLE OF ALTAGRACIA, FORMER CONSULATE GENERAL LOIDA PUJOLS, AND THE HORTENSIA MAGAZINE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

THIS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECT WILL SUPPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS LOCATED IN THE RURAL TOWN OF BONAO, IN THE ALTA GRACIA PROVINCE,  WITHIN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

The research participants will become part of a Self Help Group (SHG) that will create a School Uniform Cooperative. This economic empowerment project will enable and equip the domestic violence survivors to sew and sell school uniforms in and outside of their small town of Bonao, DR.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help the researcher acquire the materials needed to launch this economic empowerment project…which will ultimately release the women from the oppressive and economic hold of their abusive husbands/ domestic partners.  

Necessary materials will include:

-10 Sewing Machines

-Fabric for the school uniforms

-Miscellaneous sewing materials (e.g., thread, scissors, templates)

-Stipend for certified seamstresses to conduct workshops over the course of 5 days

-Overhead babysitting costs for the research participants young children

CERTIFIED TRAINING & APPRENTICESHIP

Research-proven methods on effective practices and training will help shape the direction of this community-based project.  The women will receive certified training from a team of seamstresses in the field and they will receive support from local merchants to sell and promote the women’s school uniforms.  Proceeds will also help to fund an apprentice program wherein the study participants will “reach one…and teach one”.  The ultimate goal is to replicate findings from this study in other Latino communities where women face the struggle of domestic violence within their rural or small urban settings.

Let’s encourage a culture of positive social change for the survivors of domestic violence in this Latino community

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Vilma Caban-Vazquez

Fundraising Coordinator & Executive Board Member

Social Changers without Borders, Inc.

vcabanvazquez@socialchangers.org

(914) 563-5485 (EST)

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